The current generation Mazda6 debuted in 2012, providing astonishing design, great-looking interior and innovative Skyactive powertrains. It’s been more than 5 years since the car debuted, and the new generation should be prepared. However, Mazda top-management may think differently. Who needs to update a car that is still looking modern, have stable demand, and moreover meets all regulations. The recent debut of updated Mazda 6 with G-vectoring control could only confirm this guess-work. So, 2018 Mazda 6 may receive only a slight cosmetic or technical updates. Despite the abundance of concept cars, hint the future 6-model appearance, it is unlikely for Mazda to release the car before 2019.
Another hint for such decision is the absence of prototypes on public roads, which could indicate sooner release.
2018 Mazda 6 release date
Traditionally for North American market, the new model year cars will appear on sale closer to the end of a calendar year. 2018 Mazda 6 is unlikely to be an exception.
2018 Mazda 6 release date: late 2017
2018 Mazda 6 price
Despite changes appeared in the latest update of the model, the pricing hasn’t changed, kept around $23,000 for the basic trim level car. Which is less than Camry and Accord.
2018 Mazda 6 redesign
The most interesting changes appeared in Mazda 6 was for 2017 model year. However, all changes are underneath.
The first thing is G-vectoring control unit, helps to improve handling in difficult road situations. It also helps to reduce understeer characterized for almost all front-wheel-drive cars. The second change is the new safety features, such as collision warning, traffic signs recognition, emergency braking.
The interior received better upholstery materials, new steering wheel with heating function, new displays both on dashboard and center console. Sound insulation was also improved.
It is maybe the last update of the current generation car before the actual release of the next-gen Mazda6, or deep restyling of the current one. 2018 model year might have some changes in headlights/rearlights and bumpers, as well as a new modern infotainment system inside.
2018 Mazda 6 coupe
After the discontinuation of rotary RX-8, Mazda become absolutely empty in terms of any 2-door vehicle. There are certain rumors (and a couple of concept cars) that the next generation Mazda 6 could receive a new coupe body. It seems to be unlikely, but possible. At least it is coincide with the ideology of brand pretty fine, which is aimed on driving joy.
If Mazda decides to release a coupe version, it is likely to have unique body panels and interior, while powertrains remain the same as in sedan version.
2018 Mazda 6 wagon
The station wagon version is now unavailable for the US market. It seems that the situation hasn’t change for the 2018 model year car.
2018 Mazda 6 specs
The technical specifications of the 2018 model year Mazda 6 is more likely to remain the same. It seems that it’s a main Mazda drawback – such a beautiful car is lack of powerful turbocharged or V6 engine. The only choice for now, and presumably for 2018 – a inline 4-cylinder engine, with 2.5L displacement producing 184HP. Despite the size and power, the car is really fuel-efficient, showing 36 mpg rating on highway (with 6-speed automatic). The release of 2018 Mazda 6 turbo is unlikely, at least for the first year of production.
What is more, Mazda 6 could be a real driver’s car – one of a few brands, who are now afraid to offer 6-speed manual transmission in US-market.
Current generation is FWD only, we could predict that 2018 Mazda 6 AWD will be available only in some special modifications, like former Mazda 6 MPS.
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